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Labor boost for tourism in Huon Valley

  • Backing for community plan to combat job losses in region
  • Labor to invest $175,000 to ensure Huon captures its share of tourism boom
  • Planning essential to manage growth

A majority Labor Government would invest $175,000 for a community-led plan for development of wilderness based tourism activity in the Huon Valley.

Labor candidate for Franklin David O’Byrne said it was important for the region to plan for the future.

“The expert planners report prepared in 2017 demonstrated significant job losses and high unemployment in the Huon Valley but also tourism potential,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“The Huon Valley has so much to offer.

“Now that the world has discovered the Tasmanian secret, the Labor Party understand that we need to plan carefully for the future.

“The plan will look at opportunities for a broad range of nature based tourism, including bushwalking, mountain biking and accommodation.

“Funding a growth plan based on community engagement rather than the wishes of a particular proponent, will allow long term quality planning in the interest of the local community.”

Andrew Smith, one of the principals of Willie Smith’s Apple Shed and a member of the Geeves Effect, the local not-for-profit community organisation pushing for the community-led plan, said: “The four generations of apple growers in our family business have needed to change and diversify with the times. So too does the Huon Valley.

“We need to plan well to manage growth.”

Funding for the plan will come from Labor’s existing Regional Attraction package.